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Celebrating David Bowie – Terminal 5 – January 10, 2017

January 11th, 2017

Celebrating David Bowie - Terminal 5 - January 10, 2017

Photos courtesy of Marc Millman Photography | www.marcmillmanphotos.com/music

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Celebrating David Bowie on Tuesday Night at Terminal 5

January 6th, 2017

Last year, David Bowie—worldwide icon, New Yorker—passed away just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th album, the acclaimed Blackstar (stream it below). Next Tuesday, on the anniversary of his death, we honor the man and his legacy: Bowie band members and associates—Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Gail Ann Dorsey, Mark Plati, Sterling Campbell, Zack Alford, Catherine Russell and Holly Palmer—and friends and a massive ensemble of top recording and touring musicians from around the world—including Living Colour, the B52s’ Kate Pierson, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore, Fiction Plane’s Joe Sumner, the Harlem Gospel Choir plus many, many more—will gather on Tuesday at Terminal 5 for Celebrating David Bowie. Come join the celebration.

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TV on the Radio Light Up Kings Theatre

May 21st, 2015

TV on the Radio – Kings Theatre – May 20, 2015

(Photo: Charles Steinberg)

(Photo: Charles Steinberg)

For all of their prowess and earned accolades, TV on the Radio have always come across as a neighborhood band, the kind you’d see watching a Knicks game at local bar, coming up with their songs. It’s because of their familiarity and accessibility that you feel closer to them when they perform, and this mood was apparent last night at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, a place that reinforces the intimacy of sharing song and expression. “Thank you very much for coming to this beautiful fucking theater,” said frontman Tunde Adebimpe, “It’s very nice to be home.” The band had been relatively quiet the past three years, turning inward and out of sight to process the passing of bassist Gerard Smith, but they have been eager to tour behind their newest record, Seeds, and this enthusiasm was felt from the start.

The first block of the show was almost entirely dedicated to flaunting their new work, but the introduction of “Young Liars,” rolling in gradually with the meditative sprawl that brought to mind Talk Talk or Yo La Tengo then building to exultation, let concertgoers know how far this group has come. Adibempe’s vocal refrain of “Thank you for taking my hand” absorbed all in attendance. Through lyrics that have always revealed a search to measure and understand the fluctuation of emotions connected to modern romance and meaningful rumination, Adebimpe is able to sound vulnerable without sounding soft. You can hear the seasoning of the soul that comes with experience of tangled relationships, and while he may have been hurt, he ain’t no punk, able to resurface and revisit his past through music that carries the tonal gravity substantive enough to meet the profundity of his offerings of existential observation.

The thing about live performance is that the room is open to be filled as much as the band can push out. Songs can be expanded on parts that are contained in a recording, and new tempos can be assigned to make tunes more suitable for live format—“Careful You” and “DLZ” were such examples, the latter rocked out in a manner that recalled Living Colour. The intention of Seeds was to make you want to sing along, and that took on a particular significance in TV on the Radio’s hometown. The songs echoed and resonated. With much of the new material covered, “Wolf Like Me” brought a howling response from the audience. The classic “A Method” began like a baseball-stadium organist made to play at gunpoint, and the home team, TVOTR, was joined onstage by opening act Bo Ningen, with everyone banging on anything they could find, bottles, loose cymbals, all pulsing against the venue’s walls. Witnessing TV on the Radio on the Kings Theatre stage last night, still united and in sync after more than a decade of comings and goings of countless other rock-fusion groups, brought both warmth and chills, and the triumphant feeling that some bands will always be there with us, right around the corner. —Charles Steinberg

(TV on the Radio play Terminal 5 tonight.)

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A Galactic Party at Terminal 5

February 18th, 2014

Galactic – Terminal 5 – February 15, 2014

In what was a small New Orleans music coup this past weekend, Galactic mirrored what fellow NOLA funk and jazz rockers the Soul Rebels were doing at Brooklyn Bowl by having a party of their own at Terminal 5 on Saturday night. Breaking from their recent partnership with Living Colour’s Corey Glover, Galactic were instead joined for about half the set by 25-year-old Louisiana native Maggie Koerner, who quite simply blew away the audience. She initially made her mark during the band’s “You Don’t Know,” but it was later in the show when she sang the cover of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” that the crowd appeared truly floored and let out the biggest applause of the night.

Galactic played so tightly that even during their vocal-less jams they never needed to watch one another to stay in lockstep with the beat, a sign of just how good they are as individual musicians and as a collective. Instead, they often turned straight out toward the crowd, lining up like a firing squad and letting loose a barrage of blue notes, mind-spinning solos and loud-as-hell choruses. For heady-music appreciators, this was the band to see on Saturday night, not just for Galactic’s skills but because they will move a set in any direction they see fit.

While Galactic often feature a vocalist, they are just as happy to steer the set into an instrumental song like “Balkan Wedding,” a track with an epic, moody organ solo that would be a hard sell to a more popular-music-oriented crowd. But they also know how to please a crowd of any size and makeup, so when the encore came around, Koerner rejoined the band for the show’s final original tune, “Heart of Steel” before ending the night with a rafters-shaking rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

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Galactic Kick Off Four-Night Run at Brooklyn Bowl

August 8th, 2013

Galactic – Brooklyn Bowl – August 7, 2013


As far as metaphors go, New Orleans’ Galactic most resemble Silly Putty: totally elastic, plenty of bounce and press ’em hard enough against something and they’ll pick it up and distort it to no end. Opening a four-night run at Brooklyn Bowl last night, their unpredictable malleability was in full effect. After a tough-to-follow opening set from hot up-and-comers Superhuman Happiness, who appear to be raising Afrobeat space-funk indie pop to an art form, the veteran jammers took the stage and wasted no time with a warm-up solo-packed funk jam.

From there the set was delivered in bite-sized pieces. Guests rotated in and then left only to return, beginning with Corey Glover, looking quite like your golf-obsessed uncle and delivering a decidedly soul-blues-rock edge. His highlight was a great cover of Allen Toussaint’s “Night People,” which rode a nice Jeff Raines guitar solo, and the appropriately titled “Ooh Nah Nay,” the crowd singing along while getting lost in the Bermuda Triangle of Rob Mercurio, Ben Ellman and Stanton Moore. The proverbial glow stick was cracked when Jon Gutwillig from the Disco Biscuits joined in on guitar, adding a long, swirly phospherescent solo to a dark, funky jam. The Silly Putty went pretzel as Glover and Gutwillig both sat in for, of all things, an adrenaline-rush cover of Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.”

Of course Galactic spent some quality time on their own, with plenty of boogie-inducing numbers, from the classic Meters-esque groovers to the explosive, harmonica-meets-slide-guitar-meets-TNT-drums “Shibuya.” But the guests couldn’t be held off for too long: Rubblebucket’s Kalmia Traver brought a bucket of energy to the second Zeppelin cover of the night, matching Glover’s performance with a house-igniting take on “Whole Lotta Love.” Traver moved to baritone saxophone and bandmate Alex Toth joined in on trumpet for a big-horn-section take on “Baker’s Dozen” before Glover returned to close it all out with a Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality.” And that was just the first night! Don’t worry. I’m sure there’s plenty of bounce left in ’em for three more—and then some. —A. Stein

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

(Galactic play Brooklyn Bowl tonight, tomorrow and Saturday.)

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Mardi Gras Mambo

February 27th, 2012

Galactic – Terminal 5 – February 25, 2012


It’s not often that the sound of funk-ified brass and woodwind echoes throughout Terminal 5, but New Orleans jam musicians Galactic made it happen on Saturday, eight groovy bars at a time. It was a “post-modern rock party,” as honorary band member Corey Henry (of Rebirth Brass Band) called it. And while the six-piece band was doing just fine jamming on their own as they started the set, they quickly enlisted the help of a few friends.

Living Colour’s Corey Glover, first to join them, balanced the set list with his still-killer voice. A perfect example was Glover’s vocal range on “Out in the Street,” which offered fans even more than just the excellent, solo-based instrumental tunes the guys in Galactic were playing on their own. After Glover helped wind up the rowdy crowd, openers the Soul Rebels Brass Band came out and dueled through some wailing solos.

Galactic used the rest of the set to feature each member’s talents, including saxophone player Ben Ellman’s handful of gritty, mean harmonica parts and a particularly lively drum (and cowbell) solo from Stanton Moore. Wild as some moments were, the musical balance showed up again in the encore, starting with “Ash Wednesday Sunrise,” a tune that blended radio smooth with Galactic’s signature funk, and finished with Glover nodding his head to each stuttering shout from Henry’s trombone during the cover of Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality.” —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Greg Notch | notch.org

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Celebrate Mardi Gras with Galactic on Saturday Night

February 23rd, 2012


When it comes to St Patrick’s Day, everybody’s Irish. And it when it comes to Mardi Gras, everyone’s from New Orleans. But you don’t have to head to the Crescent City to celebrate because the NOLA-based instrumental-funk outfit Galactic is bringing its shake-your-hips music our way. They started out as an eight-piece with Theryl DeClouet (House Man) as their singer. Over the years, they’ve paired down to five and parted ways with DeClouet. But no doubt, they’re still bringing the funk: Witness their most recent album, the Mardi Gras-themed Carnivale Eletricos. Of course, when they come to play it’s rarely alone, and this visit is no different. Expect plenty of special guests, like Corey Glover (of Living Colour) and Corey Henry (of Rebirth Brass Band), plus reggae legends Steel Pulse and New Orleans’ own Soul Rebels (download their Sweet Dreams EP for free here). Esquire magazine writes: “In a perfect world, Galactic would be 2012’s Black Keys—consistently underrated veterans who get belatedly huge.” And you can find out why when Galactic (above, doing “Heart of Steel” with Corey Glover and Corey Henry at last year’s Bonnaroo) and friends play Terminal 5 on Saturday night.

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Three Nights of Funk with Galactic

June 1st, 2010


The New Orleans-based instrumental-funk outfit Galactic has been bringing shake-your-hips music to the masses since 1994. They started out as an eight-piece with Theryl DeClouet (House Man) as their singer. Over the years, they’ve paired down to five and parted ways with DeClouet. But they’re still bringing the funk: Witness this year’s Ya-Ka-May, with notable sit-ins from Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty (who opens for Michael Franti & Spearhead at The Beach at Governors Island on Thursday) and the Rebirth Brass Band. You never know what to expect from Galactic (above, playing “Heart of Steel” with Cyril Neville on Jimmy Kimmel Live!). They could just as easily bump a hip-hop groove, drop some smooth jazz or rip a terrific Zeppelin cover. See for yourself when (featuring Cyril Neville and Rebirth’s Corey Henry) they play Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday (Living Colour singer Corey Glover sits in and Some Cat from Japan opens), Friday (High and Mighty Brass Band opens) and Saturday (Buzz Universe opens).